When to get the Omicron COVID Booster Shot : Short Wave Updated COVID boosters are now available that target the Omicron subvariant and many Americans 12 and older are eligible for the shot. Host Emily Kwong and health correspondent Allison Aubrey talk about who should get it, when, and whether there's a case to be made for skipping this booster.

You can read more about Allison's reporting at "Omicron boosters: Do I need one, and if so, when?"

Follow Short Wave on Twitter @NPRShortWave. You can also email us at ShortWave@NPR.org.

When Should I Get My Omicron Booster Shot?

When Should I Get My Omicron Booster Shot?

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At the forefront, in the center, a needle is drawing vaccine out of an upside down vial. The vial is labeled with the words &quot;Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent Original and Omicron BA.4/BA.5.&quot; In the background is blurred image of a nurse in the distance.
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Updated COVID boosters are now available that target the Omicron subvariant and many Americans 12 and older are eligible for the shot. Host Emily Kwong and health correspondent Allison Aubrey talk about who should get it, when, and whether there's a case to be made for skipping this booster.

You can read more about Allison's reporting at "Omicron boosters: Do I need one, and if so, when?"

Follow Short Wave on Twitter @NPRShortWave. You can also email us at ShortWave@NPR.org.

This story was edited by Jane Greenhalgh and Gisele Grayson, who also checked the facts. Thomas Lu is our producer. Beth Donovan is our senior director of on-demand news programming. And Anya Grundmann is our senior vice president of Programming.